Thursday, January 17, 2013

$6 diy bookcase makeover

Sorry for no post yesterday! I had some weird computer glitches and my favorite
IT guy (Detail Boy) was already in bed when I was in the middle of my post,
 fortunately all was fixed today.

I always thought my bookcases were the perfect candidate for a makeover with a patterned background. When I accidentally came across this print I knew it would work with my neutrals.
You guessed it Ange and Lori, my 'wallpaper' is actually wrapping paper I spied in
the Target Dollar Bins, a marketing genius whoever thought of those!

My favorite part of the makeover is that it's easily removable when I'm in the mood
to change the pattern, and of course, the major impact for the $6 price tag.

I still loved the neutral bookcase scheme that I used last spring,
but I edited it a bit so the patterned paper could take center stage for now.


That cute little Norfolk pine was a gift at Christmas,
I removed the ornaments and red container, and transplanted it into a clay pot.
You just can't beat the texture of nature.



I used 3 rolls of wrapping paper @ $1 each,
1 roll of Scotch Removable Poster tape $3 at Hobby Lobby (with coupon).
I tried removable double-sided scotch tape, but it didn't hold, so be sure to use Poster tape.



Before cutting I unrolled the wrap and re-rolled it in the opposite direction to
 loosen the tight roll. It will make it easier if you don't have to battle the paper rolling up
and the tape sticking where it's not supposed to...ask me how I know!


It's pretty straightforward, measure the length you need, cut the paper using scissors
and a straight edge. I used the double-sided tape at each corner and in the middle at both
 the top and bottom. This pattern was easy to match, you can see where I aligned the
 two pieces, the white line just above the text.  







I mentioned my bookcases could use some pattern when I styled them for
 Christmas back in 2011....here it is 2013 and I'm on it! :)

Happy weekend, friends!
Have fun,
 and knock something off your 2013 to-do list!

Joining Monday Funday 

46 comments:

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I did mine a couple weeks ago with foam board and burlap but yours is gorgeous and how lucky you were to find that pattern in wrapping paper!

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

It just so happens I'm wanting to do something similar to my bookshelves but was looking at fabric. Wallpaper is a brilliant idea. Yours turned out great.

Ange said...

That looks amazing, I love it! Alright, now I am kicking myself for not buying it. :)

McKae @ Kaes Corner Design said...

It looks fabulous! The pattern is gorgeous! It's just the right amont of detail that it's not too busy and doesn't detract from everything else on the shelves. Gorgeous!

cindy said...

Great idea and you are a shelf styling queen! Love the photograph with the patterned background especially.

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Totally bought that paper at Target too! Love it on your bookcase!

My Crafty Home Life said...

This looks great, Pam. I love the tip about rolling it in the other direction.

Keeping It Cozy said...

They look amazing, Pam! I would never have thought of using wrapping paper... great idea!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love it!! The look, and the pricetag!!! I bought fabric to use in my family room bookcases TWO YEARS AGO and that's a project I still haven't crossed off my list. But what an impact it makes to yours! I'm fired up to do this.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend m'dear!!!

Luci @Bungalow At Home said...

Ooohhh. It looks so awesome and your styling of the bookcases is divine! I did this in my hutch in my dining room with poster board from the dollar store. I actually stenciled it and just popped it in but you could probably wrap the poster board and just pop it in too...

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Looks really great..... and you certainly can't beat the price! Great job as usual!

Cathy Wall said...

You find all of the deals! This looks fabulous and your styling of course is flawless my friend!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

In a word... Amazing!!
Luv it.
Cheers, Gee

Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home} said...

Love this look and this idea! Been thinking I'd like to add some pattern to the back of my office built-ins and this may be just the thing. Have a great weekend!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great, Pam! Such a simple change and yet it makes such a big impact on the look of your bookcases. The thing I like about using the paper is that you can change it out easily and it wasn't a big investment.

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Looks wonderful! Love the pattern of the paper, and you can't beat that price! :)

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

Such an easy and doable change! Love the way it looks. Have a great weekend!

Holly said...

I think that is the best $6 makeover ever - looks awesome!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! it looks amazing! and the price is right! i love that pattern- it's so you, too!

Lori said...

I LOVE it and can't wait to copy you (my kitchen or future Ikea shelves?). Pam, you are a styling genius. Your bookcases always look beautiful and I love how you change them up.

Donnamae said...

Great idea...and relatively simple! Love the coloring. Gotta love Target's bargain bin! ;)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I love this! MC will be crazy about the cost! It's his type of project!
We're looking for an area rug with a pattern similar to that!!!

Judy said...

whoo hoo pam, that looks so expensive and of course, gorgeous! i see a trip to tarjay today to check out their $$bins...don't you love those bins!

and i always have to buy a bag of popcorn and coke before i leave (i'm such a sucker!)

Dana Frieling said...

You are a styling Master! It looks great.

Countrymouse said...
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Countrymouse said...

Genius, I would have never thought of this. I loce the wow factor it brings to the bookcases and not to mention the price, and how easily removed for an updated look. Love it, the paper looks like a high end wall paper. Hmmmm I wonder if the have any chevron wrapping paper? I love the way you display your books. Have a great week end.
Beverly

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! You sure got a lot of bang for the buck on that one! It looks great!

The Pink Pagoda said...

Looks fantastic! What a beautiful job you did!

Tina said...

great idea! The book case looks incredible

Calypso In The Country said...

What a beautiful transformation for an amazing price! Love it Pam!
-Shelley

jerri said...

I LOVE it!! Who knew about poster tape??? How wonderful!

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely. Great pattern, great price! And it looks like an expensive wallpaper - way to go!

Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

Very smart of you Pam...it looks great!

Danielle said...

Your bookshelves look great. I like how it is removable too if you want to change the pattern or you want to add a pop of color with paint. x

Jenna LaFevor said...

I used the same exact wrapping paper from Target to update my liquor cabinet! Love that pattern! Your bookcase looks great!!

Jenna @ http://www.rainonatinroof.com

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

I didn't think it was possible for your fabulous shelves to look even better, but they do! This paper was the perfect choice for your room to add some pattern but still blend in, if that makes sense. :) Love it!

Peggy said...

OH how pretty! Isn't wrapping paper wonderful?! It is what I used to line the back of our open shelves in the kitchen. The pattern you chose is perfect for your room. It compliments everything without being too much! Simply lovely!

Anonymous said...

Love this! Big impact for little money. Thanks for sharing!

Shannon Fox said...

Exquisite! Love this fix. So smart, simpler and cheaper then wallpaper. Have to love that!

Jamie Dorobek said...

LOVE this idea :) Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday... I just posted it on twitter and pinned it! https://twitter.com/thecraftblog/status/294974930955673600

Anonymous said...

I bought that paper because I knew I would be able to use it on something! you just gave me a great idea!! And for $1, you can't go wrong! Your bookshelves look beautiful! Blessings... Tania

Gypsy Heart said...

Just saw this ~ love it! Such a beautiful paper, love the pattern. A wonderful idea and of course, your styling is perfection!

xo
Pat

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your bookshelf looks beautiful! I'm waiting for the perfect paper to do mine too!! I've got this linked to my post on DIY bookshelves as well today, for inspiration!

Caroline said...

Did you have to take off the back of bookcase to do this or does or the shelves come off?
Looks amazing!!!

Ana Herda said...

Can I ask where the brass tray/plate is from?

pam {simple details} said...

Hi Ana, I'm so sorry I don't remember, I've probably had it for 20 years!

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